Are you hungry all the time? Do you wake up tired? Do you seem to gain weight no matter what you eat? Have you tried every diet but still are unable to maintain a healthy weight?
Maybe it’s about what you’re eating and when you’re eating it, according to nutrition and herbal therapist Susan Blanc.
“There is a tremendous connection between the way you eat and the way you feel,” she says.
Her new four-session class, ‘Healthy Weight Loss with Whole Food Nutrition’ at Castro Valley Adult & Career Education, explores the root causes of weight issues and takes the mystery out of losing weight.
The secret? Adding delicious, flavorful food that supports health for the long run.
Dieting is not the answer.
“The statistics on dieting and weight loss are abysmal. Dieting addresses the symptoms, rather than paying attention to underlying causes,” says Blanc. “And dieting in general requires iron-willed self-control — who wants to sign up for a life like that?”
Eating with health in mind is not about depriving yourself, it’s about discovering the impact of food choices on your health and making small but important changes to your diet.
“It takes a bit longer to lose weight this way…but it lasts!” remarks Blanc.
Even something as simple as what you eat for breakfast matters.
“Eating a high-protein breakfast, rather than carbohydrates or skipping breakfast, can jumpstart your metabolism and level your energy for the whole day,” she says.
It’s also about looking at the plate differently. Blanc is a fan of adding flavorful, nutrient-dense food that can help reduce cravings, balance blood sugar, shift metabolism, enhance digestion, and increase energy.
“People always do better when they add rather than take away,” she observes.
The class is highly interactive, with students sharing what has worked in their own lives, questionnaires, discussions about signs and symptoms of various conditions, and take-home activities. There will also be dishes to sample along with handouts, recipes, and herbal teas.
“One bite is worth a thousand words,” concludes Blanc. “I could tell students all day that kale is delicious, but they eat one bite and say, ‘Now this, I could eat!’”
Healthy Weight Loss with Whole Food Nutrition begins Jan. 23.
For more information about Castro Valley Adult & Career Education’s health, fitness and nutrition classes and to register, visit www.cvadult.org or call (510) 886-1000.